With two ski areas kicking off the season this past weekend, winter tourism in New Hampshire is officially here.
State tourism officials are estimating roughly $1.25 billion will be spent in New Hampshire this winter, which is a 4 percent uptick from last season.
That includes people coming up to go skiing and snowmobiling and staying and eating at the state’s resorts and restaurants.
Scott Rice owns The Woodstock Inn, a popular restaurant and brewery near Loon Mountain Resort. He said during the winter weekends they see up to 800 people a night.
“This is exceptionally early to really get going – we usually count on Thanksgivings to really be the kick off to winter skiing and activities," Rice said. "But this year the weather really seems to be with us and we are really going to get kicked started a little bit early this year, which is great.”
More than 8 million people are expected to visit the state during the winter months.